Friday, December 21, 2007

Another Favorite

"Oh Come All Ye Faithful"

This is one of my top ten Christmas Carols because it's so fun (for a man) to sing. The chorus has such great singing parts for men's voices. Words by John F. Wade 1710-1786. A Ca­tho­lic lay­man, Wade fled the Ja­co­be­an re­bel­lion in 1745, set­tling in Douay, France. He taught mu­sic and co­pied plain chant and hymn man­u­scripts for pri­vate use. The image is the translator Frederick Oakeley 1810-1880.

The music is Ades­te Fi­de­les, at­trib­ut­ed var­i­ous­ly to John Wade, John Reading, or Simao Portogallo.

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